Merge Routes – Merging Multiple Routes into a Single New Route Using the Route4Me Routes Map
When you work with hundreds of thousands of addresses and routes, planning a new route that includes the same addresses as in several other routes can be challenging and time-consuming since you need to figure out how to manually gather all addresses into a single route. Route4Me’s proprietary routing engine allows you to simply merge any number of sub-routes into a single new route and get the most efficient sequence of stops for all addresses from the merged sub-routes. Merging routes can be extremely helpful, especially in such emergency situations as when a driver on one route cannot drive it, you can merge this driver’s route with the route of another available driver in a matter of seconds. For example, you run a construction business and you want each of your 10 concrete mixers to visit 5 different construction sites. Once they delivered concrete to each destination, you may want to send a quality supervisor to visit all 50 locations in one route to check if all deliveries were successful. In this case, instead of sending the supervisor on 5 different routes which would take too much time, you can merge them all into one and get the most efficient visitation sequence for all locations with significantly better ETA’s and shorter distance.
To merge multiple routes into a single new route using the Routes Map, first, go to “Routes Map” from the navigation menu.
Next, select the routes that you want to merge by checking the corresponding boxes, go to “File” and then select “Merge Selected into New Route” from the menu.
After that, input the address from which you want the new merged route to start and then click on the “Apply” button to finish.
Once the selected sub-routes are merged, the new merged route is added to your Routes List and displayed on the Routes Map accordingly. NOTE: When merging sub-routes into a new single route, the original sub-routes are not affected in any way.
Assigned Users and Vehicles
When you merge multiple sub-routes that have different assigned users and vehicles, the user and the vehicle assigned to the route that you put the first in the “Merge Routes Sequence” editor are assigned to the merged route.
Thus, if you merge 4 sub-routes with different assigned users and vehicles and you put the sub-route number 4 as the first one in the “Merge Routes Sequence” editor, the merged route will inherit the same assigned user and vehicle as the sub-route number 4.
Remove Sub-Route Origin Addresses
When each route starts from its own different depot, you may want to exclude all depots from the merged route. To do so, when merging sub-routes, check the “Remove Sub-Route Origin Addresses” box.
When you remove the sub-routes’ origin addresses, the addresses/depots from which each sub-route starts are excluded from the merged route.
Inheriting Optimization Settings
When you merge multiple sub-routes that have different optimization settings, the optimization settings of the route that you put the first in the “Merge Routes Sequence” editor are applied to the merged route.
Thus, if you merge multiple sub-routes with different optimization settings and you put the sub-route number 3 as the first one in the “Merge Routes Sequence” editor, the merged route will inherit the same optimization settings as in the sub-route number 3.
For example, if the sub-route number 3 is optimized as “Roundtrip” and all other sub-routes end at optimal addresses, provided that you put the route number 3 as the first one in the “Merge Routes Sequence” editor, the merged route will inherit the same optimization settings as in the route number 3.